Kit Carson and the Indians


Kit Carson and the Indians

Tom Dunlay

528 pages


May 2005


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About the Book

Often portrayed by past historians as the greatest guide and Indian fighter in the West, Kit Carson (1809–68) has become in recent years a historical pariah—a brutal murderer who betrayed the Navajos, an unwitting dupe of American expansion, and a racist. Many historians now question both his reputation and his place in the pantheon of American heroes. In Kit Carson and the Indians, Tom Dunlay urges us to reconsider Carson yet again. To Dunlay, Carson was simply a man of the nineteenth century whose racial views and actions were much like those of his contemporaries.

Author Bio

Tom Dunlay (1944–2003) was a freelance writer and historian. He is the author of Wolves for the Blue Soldiers: Indian Scouts and Auxiliaries with the United States Army, 1860–90 (Nebraska 1982).


2001 Gaspar Pérez de Villagrá Award, sponsored by The Historical Society of New Mexico, winner
2000 Co-Founders "Best Book" Award, sponsored by the Westerners International, winner

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